In 2007, the Denver Living Streets Initiative was born as a multi-sector partnership to support the creation of great places with transportation options that work for everyone. The Living Streets Initiative depends on partnerships and public input. During the public outreach phase of the project, from 2008-2010, a Living Streets Task Force provided valuable input. The task force included advocates for youth and seniors, the physically disabled, pedestrian and bicycle access, transportation management, public transit, and local business districts; public health professionals; economic development specialists; neighborhood organizations; and government agencies including the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the Regional Transportation District (RTD).
During its public outreach phase, the Initiative involved a series of public meetings and educational workshops. A consultant team, funded through a Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Grant by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), studied how the application of living streets principles in Denver could improve multi-modal transportation, community development, economic development, environmental quality and support public health and active living on commercial corridors throughout the city. The Implementation Assistance Grant provided the City with a team of national experts who chose to use the Cherry Creek Corridor as an “urban laboratory” to conceptually brainstorm the different ways a Living Streets approach to public and private investments might make a difference in Denver. The consultant team held a number of meetings with corridor stakeholders as well as a three-day public charrette as an exercise to imagine and create new vision for the corridor.
View the final EPA Report on Living Streets (PDF).
The Living Street Initiative also included an Education and Engagement Series that, starting in 2008, brought national and international experts to Denver to talk about living streets concepts. These presentations were geared toward professionals in the political, engineering, public health, economic and transportation policy realms. The series was an opportunity to educate these professionals as well as elected leaders and community members about opportunities in the Denver Metro area to think differently about the vast benefits associated with Living Streets concepts. The documents below summarize the living streets concepts explored through the educational series.